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Dr. Alessandro Alberucci was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society (APS) for his activity as peer reviewer for APS journals.
Dr. Alberucci at his desk. (rights: IAP)

Peer reviewing is a cornerstone of modern science: simply stated, it means checking the validity and novelty of papers submitted by others researchers for publication.

Since 2008, he reviewed 75 times for five different APS journals, namely Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Physical Review E, Physical Review B, and Physical Review Applied. In the year 2018 alone, Dr. Alberucci made 11 reviews involving APS journals, roughly corresponding to one review each month.
Even if this doesn't sound like much at first, peer reviewing is a side but fundamental activity for any researcher. In fact, peer reviewing is (most of the times) anonymous, complimentary and performed on a voluntary basis. In addition to the peer-reviewer duties, in the last year and half alone Dr. Alberucci authored and co-authored 4 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
So why do scientists become peer reviewers after all? Because it is a fundamental process which guarantees the validity of the results you can read in scientific journals! This is at the heart of the scientific method: the proposed results need always to be verified by independent researchers. In this perspective, peer review represents the first stage of scientific validation in any field, and the barrier to the diffusion of wrong results and of pseudo-scientific theories.
In this sense, Alessandro Alberucci's award should also be understood as a tribute to all those who make their work as peer reviewers seriously.

News from: 05.03.2019 16:51
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